Topic: The Finisher

This book is called The Finisher by David Baldacci, and it's quite interesting. Although this book has a really weird words. It's like a whole new vocabulary where silvers mean minutes, wugmorts or wugs for short (those are the people), and a bunch of references to their world in the book. The main character is Vega, she is a girl, she has brown hair, and she works in a places called The Stacks. She has many friends, lots of people like her, she has a brother named John, and her parents are sick. Also she spends a lot of time in her tree which she prefers more than the houses that they build in Wormwood. So, if you can tell by reading it there's a place called the Quag and every wug is afraid of it and the monsters that live in the Quag don't go into Wormwood for an unknown reason. Another reason why they are all scared of the Quag is because anyone that goes into the Quag doesn't come back.

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Vega's friend and mentor Quentin helps her work in The Stacks and they work on a lot of projects together. All the wugs that work there have to make everything on a list, and then whatever else they make they can keep and sell for extra cash or just to furnish their house with. In the start of the book Vega hears a scream from her tree, and so she goes to check it out. She just finds some of the council members running around outside chasing someone or something. She lets it off and she goes off to The Stacks, to work. When she gets there she works with Quentin and they make a lot of items. He teaches her all about being a finisher, all of the crafty work. Vega finishes work for the day, and she goes to her brother, John to go to the Care. They go every day even though everyone else thinks it's useless. They think that because everyone that goes there doesn't get better, they just stay in their condition like a coma.

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The next day she went to work, and one of the council members circled around Vega's desk and asked her where Quentin was. He wasn't at Stacks that day, but the council looked like he was hiding something. Probably about what happened in the woods 3 days ago. She didn't know what was going on so she just said the truth. The truth was that she didn't know where he could have gone and if he even did go anywhere. Although there was one of the obvious answers which would be that he could have gone into the Quag (It's a forest with beasts and other terrible creatures); even though every wug was afraid to go into the Quag just in case something bad might happen or even getting killed in the process. Vega had a dog once that was eaten by one of the monsters it was huge, and about 10 feet tall. "Where could Quentin be, could he have ran or taken by another wug?" That was the real question.

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Vega went to Care with John and they both visited their parents. Delph also joins them and they visit them like they do everyday. Their parents look really small and shrunken down a lot. They also have gotten quite shorter since they came to Care. Then they left after a while, they went to an inn like place. They went down to eat and then later gone to sleep after a few verbal fights Vega got into. In the middle of the night Vega went to her tree, but on the way she didn't bring a torch or a lantern so she couldn't see a thing. She was basing all of it off of her memory. Although she was quite unlucky and she ran into a beast on her way to her tree. She ran fast and made her way to her tree but the beast was still following her.

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She hurried up the tree house and the beast made a hole in the floor. It then blew fire onto her tree and it started to burn quite a bit. To get the beast away, she threw knives to get it to run away from her, and back into the Quag. It wasn't too bad, but the fire allowed her to see that one of her steps was a fake. it just looked like one of the steps to blend in so no one else would be able to tell. Vega didn't even notice until then that she never used it because it she just kept skipping over it on the way up. Although if it did, then she would fall because it cannot hold her weight. Inside the false step was a map. This wasn't just any map though, it was a map of the Quag. Little land marks and a rough path threw the Quag and into a new land. Not one wug has ever came back from the Quag especially with a map. If anyone caught her with the map threw the Quag she would go to the worst prison they had.

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She decided that she had to destroy the map just in case anyone wanted to search her tree house. Although a map threw the Quag would be an amazing thing to have handy so she painted the map onto her body. She went back to the inn she was sleeping at because it was now decided that it was not safe for her to be somewhere where a beast or any kind of monster could get her. She went to the inn with no problems and went to sleep. Later the next day she went to work and then went to Quentin's house to look for some clues about his disappearance. The council had said before hand that he went into the Quag and there was a warrant out for his arrest.

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This made no sense to Vega because she knew Quentin since she was a baby, this was all really weird and she did not know what to do about it or think about it. She looked through the house and found nothing but a book. This book interested her because it was about being a finisher (A job at the Stacks). It was so weird because Quentin hated to do everything in that book and left it all of that kind of work to Vega. Normally Quentin wouldn't have that kind of book in his house, it would be a Stacks and on a shelf.

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She was interrupted by some of the council. Some of the council walked into Quentin's house and began to search for some clues. They didn't know what they were looking for so they just looked at some of the books and some other stuff near the entrance of his house. Vega was lucky because they didn't look too much and they only were in the entrance of the home not all over looking for her or any clues. The council members left, and Vega was now going to get out of there before they went to look for more clues again. One council member heard her moving and caught her. She got away because to the council member it was only a simple sound nothing more, nothing less; so they let it go. It was almost time to go back to Stacks, so she took the book to work and put it in her locker. She finished up and then right before the work day ended, the council showed up and said in front of all the workers "Quentin Hermes is a fugitive and needs to be put in jail. There is a $2,000 reward on his head. Dead or alive will do but preferably alive. Oh, and by the way he might be somewhere in the Quag,".

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(Reminder) In this book, $2,000 is like $150k to us.
Everyone in the crowd was thinking about the money and how they were going to get it, that was before the council said anything about the Quag. No one was going to go into the Quag just for a wug they were all interested before they said that though. Although Vega knew that that bounty was pointed at her. They knew that she was close to Quentin and that he wouldn't just leave without saying anything or without leaving anything. It had to be smart which is why he hid it in the steps up to her tree house. After that she left Stacks, mad, because the council thought that they could buy some clues or even Quentin from her. She was so mad that she forgot the book. She decided later on when she remembered to sneak into Stacks and get the book before anyone took it. There were no locks on the lockers they had because none of the workers ever brought anything of value into them.

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There were two guard dogs in Stacks. They weren't just guards they were monsters. Vega like all other wugs thought that no beasts or monsters were in Wormwood, but here they were roaming around the Stacks like they owned the place. Not the smartest decision, but Vega got into Stacks and made her way to the lockers. She got there no problem at all, and when she got the book and was going back to the exit, the two dogs made their way to her. There was no way to get out of there so she went up, to the higher floor. No one who worked in the lower part was allowed into the higher floor, and it was guarded. Vega ran and tried to open every door that she could before she got to the end and picked the lock. There was a really weird room, and she closed the door and hid in a little closet like wardrobe.

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Before she hid, she locked the door to slow down the beasts. They kinda looked like dogs but she knew that they were monsters because of school or "Learning" as they would say in this world. The beasts ripped through the locked door and were just about to get Vega but at the last second, they turned back and disappeared. She got out after 10-20 minutes and looked at the room she was in. It was a really creepy room and once she looked at one of the walls with weird markings. The walls started to open until you could see a red river, and Vega was pushed in because the floor was also pulling away. She was then sent down the river, and the current kept pulling her more and more until she was in the middle of the waterfall. Weirdly, a chain came to her aid. I know, a chain? How could that possibly help any human being? Well, it can fly with the help of its master.

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Vega called the chain Destin and she took him out for a spin (I don't know the gender I'm just assuming that it's a guy, 50% chance I'm right anyway). She flew through the sky, and from her view, it looked like she was flying right over the Quag and into Wormwood. She stopped right where the Quag ends and well, she at least tried to land gracefully. It didn't really work out and she ended up getting dragged along the ground for 20 yards. Then she tried to run away from Destin and that didn't work out either, he just kept coming back. After quite a bit of running back and forth, she finally stopped running and just accepted having a flying chain following her everywhere she goes. To hide him she had the chain wrapped around her body and her clothes on top. So she now has two secrets that can place her in jail, soon there will be many more.

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Lets just fast forward a bit, because I haven't done one of these in a while (I might not remember all the events correctly). She goes back to Stacks, to try and figure stuff out about Destin and anything else about the Quag. She goes, wary because of the last time she went in, she picks the lock and goes upstairs. There she finds Eon the weird glowing ball that can talk in riddles. Eon says, "There are two keys, the past, and the future. Many people end up wanting and going to the future. Although you can not tell the keys apart they are identical." Vega wanted to go to her past, not the future. She thinks that if she can understand her past, she can understand in the future. Though now the problem was how to get to the past. Surely there was a way, so she examined both of the keys very carefully. She was surprised to see that one of the keys had little scratch marks on it, probably from using it too often. She now knew that the key she was inspecting was, in fact, the key to her future.

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She took the key that was less worn down and opened the door (Eon said that many people if not all chose to go to the future so the key to the future would have more scratch marks). She went back into her past since she was a baby. There were a few things that Eon says about the past and future. He said " When in the past or future you cannot change anything you are just there watching your past or your future. You can see everything, nothing can see you, nothing can hurt you, and you can't do anything to change the events that occur. You are a spectator, nothing more and nothing less." After hearing those words you would be assured, don't you think? Well, Vega went so far back that she saw people fighting monsters that could fly. Also after she was yelling at a warrior that had fallen to get up, the warrior stood up and looked right at Vega and "You need to live, Vega Jane." and she gave Vega her Elemental. She also said that if she ever needed anything that the Elemental would help her even if the whole world turned on her or if she had no one to help her.

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The warrior then died, and since the warrior saw Vega now the monster also saw her. The monsters were huge and they also could fly so it was hard to get away on Destin. She also saw many other warriors fighting to kill the monsters. While flying away the other warriors came to her trying to kill her. With no clue why they wanted her dead, she wanted to go back to the present. She wondered where the gate was that Eon said would take her back. Vega now killed the warriors that were after her and kept flying trying to find the gate. She kept flying for about an hour before she saw it's golden shine. Once she got to the gate and flew home, she discovered that she still had the Elemental. This was really weird because all of Eon's "rules" had been broken. Did this mean that the past and the future will become corrupted or will nothing really happen? It's a catch 22.

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She thinks of how big the spear is and wishes for it to become smaller, the spear shrinks and becomes as small as a pen. This fascinates Vega and she plays with the spear's size for a while until she has to go to Stacks for work. She acts like the day is just like any other and works on her list. (I don't think that I have said anything about this yet but,) A while ago she found a dog and named it Harry Two, she named him that because this dog looked like the same one that was eaten by a monster protecting Vega. She shares her lunch with him every day, and he becomes a really big dog. She also was kicked out of her room in the Loons because of the dog and went to go and live in her old house. Delph and Vega are still very good friends and still will be when the book ends. Nothing in the book changes their friendship.

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So now she has a spear that can destroy almost anything if not everything, a stone that can heal anything it's waved around with only good thoughts to power it, a book of the Quag's monsters, a map of the Quag on her skin, and a chain that can fly or make her even stronger physically. With all of those things, you would think that she'd be in the Quag by now, she has everything she needs to survive and the only thing that could possibly be holding her back is her family. Both of her parents are in Care and in a coma. Also, people that go there tend not to come back alive. Her brother lives with a member of the Council (Morrigone), so he is already basically dead to her. One other thing that is holding her back is Delph even though she might not know they will be a couple, or close to one anyway. Why doesn't Vega go to the Quag before she gets caught with all of her things? If she gets caught I'm not going to be surprised she is just asking for it with all of those things in her possession.